Itinerary advice - (Hiking alone with a guide?)
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Mar 25, 2012 3:06 AM Last Post By: jotpehbeh
Mar 18, 2012 3:53 AM
Itinerary advice - (Hiking alone with a guide?)Hey everyone,
I am going to Morocco for 11 (almost 12 since return flight is 1 am) days end of March. Firstly I'd like to ask for some general advice regarding my planning.
I am arriving in Casablanca (evening flight), so I figured it would make sense to stay overnight and then spend half a day in Casablanca before continuing to Meknes. From there I wanted to visit Volubilis and Moulay Idriss (worth the trip??) before heading to Fez for 3-4 days.
Afterwards I was thinking to head straight to Marrakesh, get organized and then do a small hiking tour. Either Imlill to Setti Fatma or M'Goun (any advice which one is better?)
After the hike I thought I'd spend a few days in Marrakesh before heading back to Casablanca for my return. (Perhaps put in a stop at El - Jadida)
That would mean: 1 day Casablanca, 1 days Meknes/Volubilis, 3 days Fez, 4 days Trekking, 3 days Marrakesh
Any advice or comments?
Also I am going on my own, so unless I meet some fellow travellers I would be on my own for the hiking. Since I do not have a lot of experience I thought hiring a guide would be good, but is it safe to go hiking alone with a guide? Or is it advisable to go in a group instead of on your own?
Thanks a lot!
Mar 18, 2012 5:19 AM
Mar 18, 2012 6:44 AM
Mar 18, 2012 7:39 AM
Mar 18, 2012 12:20 PM
4Either Imlill to Setti Fatma or M'Goun (any advice which one is better?)
Until you define the M'Goun route it's impossible to say.
Imlil to Setti Fatma isn't particularly high. You start at 1700m, climb to 2250 over the Tizi n'Tamatert, descend into the next valley, the head east following the valley climbing again to 3200m, then down to Setti Fatma at 1500m.
Is it safe to go hiking alone with a guide?
I travel solo in remote areas in Morocco. You meet more people that way. So long as you can read a map and operate a compass you don't need a guide to show you the way. You can get a decent map from Hotel Ali in Marrakech.
Mar 18, 2012 3:13 PM
Mar 18, 2012 3:36 PM
6I think you will be fine with a guide; Just make sure he has the Guide Card (A recognized Guide); and go through a formal channel for hiring him (Physical address). Otherwise it should be ok. The best area for hiking would be around Marrakesh (High Atlas) and you can try different zones in that area (Imlil, Oukaimden, Amizmiz, Sty Fatma..) each can be a day or two depending on how much hiking you like to do. We will be in Marrakesh in 3 days so don't hesistate if you need help; I will be checking this website on a regular basis...
Mar 21, 2012 2:55 AM
thanks again for the advice!
I reviewed my planning and I am now going to Marrakesh first. Gonna spend 1 1/2 days in Casablanca and then catch a train to Marrakesh. I'll then check there if I'll be doing 1-2 days of trekking, or if I'll simply hit Demnate for a day and explore the city the rest of the time before going to Fez.
Any 1-2 day hikes you could recommend? Not necessarily high climbs, I am rather looking to see "real" berber villages and some nice views.
PS. I am male :D
Mar 21, 2012 3:10 AM
8What you want to do so long in Casablanca? Is it not better to leave this city as soon as possible and give this time for something more interesting?
Mar 21, 2012 3:31 AM
Mar 21, 2012 3:45 AM
Mar 21, 2012 6:47 AM
Mar 21, 2012 6:55 AM
12Riads are 'boutique' accommodation in old houses and being fairly expensive are not the sort of place that travellers would hang out. The traveller-type places that are regularly mentioned here are Hotel CTM, Hotel Sherazade and Hotel Ali.
Lots of threads on here about hiking, stick 'imlil trek' or other suitable phrases in the search box.
Mar 25, 2012 2:52 AM
got another question :)
Is the region around Demnate/Imi - n- ifri suitable to walk around for a day or 1 1/2 ? Would you need trekking gear or will sport sneakers be enough there? Would you recommend doing that?
Which city would you rather recommend for doing day trips, Imlil or Setti Fatma?
I wanted to go to one of those locations, wander around the area, perhaps stay overnight and head back after 1 1/2 days.
Thanks so much for the help!
Mar 25, 2012 3:06 AM
14One other thing: If you wanted to spend 1 1/2 or something days on the beach to relax (between Marrakesh and Casa) which place would you recommend? I was thinking good sea food, relaxing on the beac and contemplating my trip :)
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